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In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there are 53,000 refugees living in sub-human conditions since 1979 with the Soviet Union... See more »

  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.
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Jamal Udin Torabi ...
Enayatullah ...
Imran Paracha ...
Travel Agent (Pakistan)
Hiddayatullah ...
Enayat's Brother (Pakistan)
Jamau ...
Enayat's Father (Pakistan)
Wakeel Khan ...
Enayat's Uncle 1 (Pakistan)
Lal Zarin ...
Enayat's Uncle 2 (Pakistan)
Ahsan Raza ...
Money Changer (Pakistan)
Mirwais Torabi ...
Jamal's Older Brother (Pakistan)
Abdul Ahmad ...
Groom (Pakistan)
Amanullah Torabi ...
Jamal's Younger Brother (Pakistan)
Ramzan Ali ...
Driver 1 (Pakistan)
Chaman Ali ...
Driver 2 (Pakistan)
Rasheed ...
Soldier Shaheen (Pakistan)
Allah Bauhsh ...
Farid (Pakistan)
Hossain Baghaeian ...
Behrooz (Iran)
Yaaghoob Nosraj Poor ...
Kurdish Father (Iran)
Ghodrat Poor ...
Kurdish Mother (Iran)
Mehdi Poor ...
Kurdish Baby (Iran)
Ahmad Azami ...
Kurdish Father (Iran)
Yusef Azami ...
Kurdish Son (Iran)
Mr. Eghdame ...
Bus Driver 1 (Iran)
Mr. Dehghame ...
Bus Driver 2 (Iran)
Mr. Yusuf ...
Bus Driver 3 (Iran)
Bayram Arjangi ...
Truck Driver (Iran)
Jaffa Eghbali ...
4WD Driver (Iran)
Kerem Atabeyoglu ...
Policeman (Turkey)
Erham Sekizcan ...
Factory Boss (Turkey)
Yusif (Europe)
Voice Over (Europe) (voice)

Directed by

Michael Winterbottom

Written by

Tony Grisoni ... ()

Produced by

Taghi Aligholizadeh ... line producer
Chris Auty ... executive producer
Andrew Eaton ... producer
Behrooz Hashemian ... co-producer
Fiona Neilson ... associate producer
Anita Overland ... producer
David M. Thompson ... executive producer

Music by

Dario Marianelli

Cinematography by

Marcel Zyskind

Film Editing by

Peter Christelis

Editorial Department

Chris Beeton ... telecine colorist
Cas Casey ... on-line editor
Simon Giblin ... digital on-line editor
Alec Gibson ... laboratory grader
Helen Phelps ... image post-production
Shane Warden ... digital on-line editor

Casting By

Wendy Brazington

Production Management

Jethro Harris ... post-production manager

Sound Department

Tim Alban ... dubbing mixer
Justine Angus ... supervising foley editor
Gianluca Buttari ... foley recordist
Richard Davey ... re-recording mixer
Melissa Lake ... foley artist
James Perry ... foley assistant
Damian Reynolds ... dubbing mixer
Joakim Sundström ... supervising sound editor
David Turner ... sound technical coordinator
Stuart Wilson ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

Jim Parsons ... digital effects compositor
Damien Raymond-Barker ... digital effects producer

Camera and Electrical Department

Parisa Taghizadeh ... stills photographer

Animation Department

Daniel Robert Hope ... animator

Music Department

Peter Fuchs ... score mixer
Dario Marianelli ... conductor / orchestrator
Paul Talkington ... orchestral contractor
Kevin Townend ... orchestrator

Other crew

Mostafa Ahmadi ... tehran contact
Guy Barker ... production accountant
Ruth Breslaw ... production coordinator
Nicole Carmen-Davis ... legal services
Alex Fuller ... technical consultant: The Boffin
Josh Hyams ... production assistant (as Joshua Hyams)
Paul Monaghan ... production assistant
Ian Robinson ... laboratory contact
Mat Whitecross ... production assistant


Ali Akdeniz ... special thanks
Taghi Aligholizadeh ... special thanks
David Bryan ... thanks
Ian Buchan ... thanks

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Plot Summary

In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there are 53,000 refugees living in sub-human conditions since 1979 with the Soviet Union invasion and 2001 with the USA bombing and invasion of Afghanistan. The family of the Afghan Enayat and his cousin Jamal decides to send them illegally to London to have a better life. They hire coyotes to smuggle the cousins through Iran and Turkey to Italy and finally London hidden inside trucks and containers. However, the long journey locked in a container with other families poses a terrible challenge to the boys. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines The journey to freedom has no borders. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Silk Road (United Kingdom)
  • In this World - Aufbruch ins Ungewisse (Germany)
  • В этом мире (Russia)
  • Ezen a világon (Hungary)
  • Sta synora tou kosmou (Greece)
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  • 88 min
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Budget GBP75,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The film had two working titles before settling on its final name. While it was being shot, it was known as "The Silk Road". This was primarily as a cover, since officials in many countries were told the film was a documentary about that historical subject. Later, it was known as "M1187511", which was the UK Home Office's file number for the real-life Jamal's application for refugee status. Before its release however, the title was changed to "In This World". As Michael Winterbottom describes on the DVD, the title came from a line in the film where Jamal was translated as saying that a central character was dead. Jamal informed Winterbottom, on seeing this, that it was inaccurate. What he had actually said was that the man was "no longer in this world". Hence the film's title. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 16 October 2003 (2003). See more »
Quotes Jamal: [on phone] This is Jamal, calling from London. Yes... yes, I got to London. Enayat? He's not here. He's not in this world.
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